Conflict resolution by peaceful means - a training for parish priests in Biharamulo

From the 19th to the 21th of july the parish priests of Rulenge-Ngara diocese were invited to follow a training about conflict resolution by peaceful means in Biharamulo. Objective of the training was to improve the personal skills in peace building and reconciliation for the daily work in the parishes. The respect of human rights and the importance of inter- religious dialoge were also subjects of the three days training, organized by the dioceseon Justice and Peace department and facilitated by Fr. Innocent Minani, the executive secretary.
In a second step, Justice and Peace department will also train the members of the Justice and Peace comites at parish level to able them to assist the priests in promoting peace and reconciliation in the communities and the families.

Welcome to the website of the Rulenge-Ngara Diocese

The webmaster, Marcus Herz, welcomes everyone to the website of the Rulenge-Ngara Diocese in the Kagera region in western Tanzania. The diocese is located in the greate lake region of Lake Victoria. On the western side is Burundi and Rwanda. The Website is created in coorperation with the in Munich located organization BDKJ and the diocese of Rulenge-Ngara over the German "Weltwärts" program. For the website the under free GNU GPL license software drupal is used.

Five Year Plan


This is a key document for the future of the diocese of Rulenge-Ngara and its people in the next five years.
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History of the Diocese

History of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rulenge-Ngara

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rulenge-Ngara is  located in the Ecclesiastical Province of Mwanza in Tanzania. Formerly, Rulenge-Ngara Diocese was a part of Rulenge Diocese that was originally a part of Bukoba Diocese. The Diocese of Bukoba  was first established as an Apostolic Vicariate of Bukoba from the Diocese of Tabora in Tanganyika and an Apostolic Vicariate of Uganda in Uganda on April 8, 1929. It was raised to the status of a Diocese on December 13, 1951 and the part of Bukoba Diocese that would later form a major part of Rulenge Diocese was renamed as Lower Kagera (Rutabo Diocese) under the late Bishop Alfred Lanctot, M.Afr. 


Geographical location:

The Diocese of Rulenge-Ngara is situated in the North - Western corner of Tanzania within Kagera Region, covering an area of 13,004 km² out of 40,838 km² Kagera Region.The Diocese Borders with the countries of Rwanda in West, Burundi in South, to the east are the shores of Lake Victoria and Muleba District. The diocesan headquarters including the Bishop’s House are situated in Ngara, 45 km from Rulenge Pro-Cathedral.

The diocese covers a geographical area of three administrative districts of Ngara,  Biharamulo and Chato. It is divided into three ecclesiastical deaneries of Ngara, Biharamulo, and Chato with a 300,000  catholic population and15 parishes. (Source: Rulenge-Ngara Diocesan Pastoral reports 2007).

Map of the diocese

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